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Playing the long game: challenges for employers when COVID symptoms linger

It will all be over by Christmas; at least that’s what we thought (and hoped) when COVID-19 first hit back in the spring. However, adapting to life and work in a COVID-19 world has proved a longer and harder road than many of us ever anticip...


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Government promises tougher regulations after ‘shocking’ Grenfell testimony

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has promised tougher regulations will improve building safety, after expressing his shock at last week’s revelations from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, Construction News has reported. According to the industry...


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HSE checks businesses in the transport sector are COVID-secure

In the run up to the festive period, the HSE is working with local authorities to inspect businesses in the transport and logistics industry to ensure they are managing the risk of coronavirus. With the current lockdown restrictions, the demand fo...


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Judgment rules that gig workers must be granted health and safety rights

The High Court has ruled in favour of the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) that the UK government has failed to transpose important EU health and safety protections into UK law. In a detailed judgment, Mr Justice Chamberla...


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Approach to health and safety needs a drastic rethink following HSE statistics

The British Occupational Hygiene Society, a scientific charity and chartered body for worker health protection, has responded to the publication of the latest statistics from the Health and Safety Executive with a call for a radical overhaul of th...


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Manchester Arena inquiry – risk assessment was 'box ticking'

Risk assessments carried out by the Manchester Arena operators prior to the Ariane Grande concert in 2017 were nothing more than “box ticking", an inquiry into the ensuing terrorism attack that killed 22 people has heard. Miriam Stone, SMG'...